Skipping Belarus, going straight to Ukraine.
“You need a visa to go there.”
“No I don’t.”
“Yes you do.”
The lady at the bus station was right. I do need a visa to go to Belarus. For some reason I thought I could get a visa at the border — something that is very much not possible. Belarus is probably one of the most tenuous, intensive, procedure-laden countries in the world for a Western, grade-A passport holder to get a visa to.
Maybe I’m slipping? I usually know the visa policies of almost every country forward and backward.
Anyway, I can just show up in Ukraine and get 90 days. I guess I will go there instead.
I didn’t have any meetings set up yet in Belarus anyway and I’m not sure how involved they are on the NSR besides having a some China-Europe trains going through it. They say they want to become a hub on the network, but with visa policies like that I doubt this could be a reality.